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Aug 23, 2015
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Launch Date: August 18
Launch Window: Approx. 1430 GMT (10:30 a.m. EDT)
Launch site: SLC-40
Core Booster Recovery: ASDS - OCISLY (?)
Booster: B1049.6
Fairings: Reused
Mass: 58 satellites at 260 kg each - 15,080 kg - Skysats 120 kg each
Orbit: LEO

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch 58 satellites for SpaceX’s Starlink broadband network, a mission designated Starlink 10. Three SkySat Earth-imaging satellites for Planet will launch as rideshare payloads on this mission.
Source: SFN

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Grendal

SpaceX Moderator
Jan 31, 2012
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
Picture of the Skysats:
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adiggs

Active Member
Sep 25, 2012
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Portland, OR
Ho hum. Another routine launch of a batch of satellites for the constellation. Another booster recovered to be reused again, probably later this year considering how fast SpaceX is launching and reusing boosters.

Just another boring day at the office, transporting stuff into space.

(I get a kick out of this stuff)
 

Cosmacelf

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Mar 6, 2013
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San Diego
These fairing half capture videos are interesting. The ships are typically moving at a fair clip. It looks like they align the ship with the parachute’s forward path, moving at the same forward ground speed that the parachute is moving at. In this video, I only noticed the slight application of the right hand brake line, presumably to counteract a slight wind drift.

Given how long it takes for a ship to change to a parallel course (ie turn left, wait a bit, turn right), they seem to use the parachute’s brakes for slight wind changes as it is falling. At some point, they probably set the parachute into the wind, and let it run full speed forward. I am guessing that they have to content with significant wind that far on the ocean (25 + km/h probably isn’t unusual).
 

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